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This rad rock band of Americans Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith and Brit Davy Jones was originally active from 1965 to 1971, and their TV show by the same name began in 1966. Since 1971, the members (all except Nesmith) have reunited many times for tours, shows, and new recordings until the death of Davy Jones in 2012. After this, it was rumored that Nesmith would rejoin the group for future reunions, which turned out to be true.
Fast-forward to this year, and we have a NEW Monkees album! In celebration of their 50th anniversary, they released Good Times! May 27. It features four songs written for the band in the '60s as well as songs written by contemporary songwriters like Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Noel Gallagher (Oasis), and freaking Rivers Cuomo (Weezer). One of the tracks, "Love to Love", includes an archived vocal track of Davy Jones, which makes this first Monkees album since his death all the more special. Of course the band won't be the same without Davy's amazing voice and silly dancing, but there's something beautiful between the loss and rebirth within the band over all this time.
Here are a few songs from Good Times! that I love:
She makes me laugh, written by Rivers cuomo
I'm so glad that I got her to think of
You bring the summer, written by Andy partridge
Summer from your golden smile will paint the snow drops pinky rose
Love to love, written by neil diamond
You gotta have love to love
I can only hope that the modern bands I listen to now will still be making music in upcoming decades like this.
Thank you so much for reading and be on the lookout for more posts about classic bands like this in the future!
~Say Love <3